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Colon Tourism: Plan Your Trip to Colon

About Colon
About 50 miles northwest of Panama City, Colón is home to the northern gateway of the Panama Canal as well as Afro-Caribbean descendants of those workers who helped build the canal in the early 20th century. Colón’s greatest claim to fame—and the main reason visitors come here—is the Colón Free Zone, a massive shopping showroom where wholesalers, retailers and the general public shop. You’ll also find Colón 2000, a cruise-ship port with restaurants, a supermarket, and shops selling duty-free merchandise. The most scenic way to travel here is by way of the restored Panama Canal Railway, featuring elegant, wood-paneled and carpeted rail cars (based on 19th century designs) that takes you on a hour-long journey through the rainforest to Colón.

Essential Colon

Colon Is Great For

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Frequently Asked Questions about Colon

We recommend staying at one of the most popular hotels in Colon, which include:

Colon is known for some of its popular attractions, which include:

If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Colon between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between September and November.